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The owners of the Ridpath are suing restaurateurs Jeremy and Kate Hansen, alleging the couple failed to pay rent and misspent more than $100,000 that should have been used to improve a restaurant space on the ground floor of the iconic building.
The 12th and 13th floors of the building have long been considered for privately owned condos, but only recently did permits get issued for the 12th floor, which will have 14 units and see nearly $500,000 in renovation work.
A motor inn catering to America’s generation of car travelers opened in 1963 on the site of what used to be the historic Spokane Hotel. The Ridpath Motor Inn had underground parking, a pool, 70 rooms and a skywalk across First Avenue.
John B. Blalock, born 1856 in Sevier County, Tennessee, was one of Spokane Falls’ early settlers, arriving in 1879, after stops in Oregon and Walla Walla.
All of the 206 units, and the restaurant on the ground floor, should be completely done and open by September.
In the past four decades, Ron Wells has saved dozens of buildings from the wrecking ball, and rehabilitated them for every purpose: living, dining, playing and working.
There are only six seats left for the test dinner Sept. 11.
The octopus-themed gin joint and traditional French eatery are slated to open in the old Ridpath Hotel.
You might have been forgiven for thinking it would never happen. The storied Ridpath Hotel – a downtown fixture for more than a century – had fallen into such a state since its closure in 2008 that it was reported to the city as unsafe. Transients moved in and out. Garbage piled up inside and in doorways. Graffiti and disrepair became the primary decorative characteristics. It stank.
The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.
Urban explorers have been plumbing the depths of Spokane's hidden places.
Plans and money are coming together to revitalize the decaying Ridpath Hotel. With the help of a $1.75 million city loan expected this spring, developer Ron Wells is closer to turning the downtown landmark into his $20 million project vision of 206 modest apartments to boost downtown living options.
Downtown Spokane is in the midst of a massive, generational transformation, a series of changes that will redefine it for years to come.
Five years on, nothing much has changed at the deteriorating Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane.
The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution supporting Ron Wells’ proposal to reopen the Ridpath Hotel as low-income apartments.
It is only natural that the long, strange trip that has unfolded over the past several years at the Ridpath Hotel would continue to get longer and stranger. Two potential buyers, each with much different designs for the building, have been vying in a Nevada bankruptcy court for ownership of a key piece of the long-closed downtown hotel – the tower floors with most of the hotel rooms.
From our archives, 100 years ago A sizable earthquake shook the South Hill, especially the Cannon Hill and Rockwood areas.
As part of the Fall Visual Arts Tour, Window Dressing will be unveiling the first five installations intended to spruce up the area around the abandoned Ridpath Hotel.
It’s been just three weeks since the second Bazaar, the downtown local arts festival that already feels like a community staple. So naturally, Ginger Ewing, one of the people who work so hard to make that event happen, is taking a little time off.
From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. James D. Crooks, 64, of Troy, Idaho, was arrested on murder charges in the death of his wife, Eliza L. Crooks, 64. Crooks told police he found his wife, a Spokane pioneer, dead in their bedroom. However, he subsequently told conflicting stories of how he found his wife, why her body was covered with bruises and why his face was covered with scratches.